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Reach Network

Discover great possibilities for the future of your church through the Reach Network.

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Reach Summit Leadership

Join the 2020 Leadership Network Group NOW! To Register  Click Here

Continue learning throughout the year by participating in a REACH Network Group or accessing our REACH resources. Be inspired to transform your church and REACH new people with the good news of Jesus Christ. Click to learn more.  

 

Introducing Sermon Bank

Pastors can now browse and select from a library of superb sermons for use in the local church.  These sermons are offered as a gift to their fellow colleagues needing pulpit supply to allow for respite time.   To get started, contact Jodi Fuller jfuller@michiganumc.org to receive a password to view sermons in the bank. 

SEE ALL THE SERMONS AVAILABLE FOR USE CLICK HERE.

How to Welcome and Connect with Church Guests Online  - Melanie SmollenMissional Strategist
Churches of every size are now meeting online for worship and experiencing the blessing of new people attending their services for the first time. Learn ways your church can be intentional about welcoming and connecting with guests online before, during, and after the service.

 

 

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New Faith Communities/Vibrancy

All of healthy life is about growth and reproduction.  When churches intentionally grow they become healthier.  Consider how your local church might become more vibrant by adding a new small group, a new venue, worship or even a new campus. 

Look below to learn how to get started, or for those already started, check out the Upcoming Events, Toolbox, and Reach Network at left for excellent resources and services.

Starting a new small group

The easiest and fastest way to grow is with the start of new small groups.  Small groups are entry levels for people to get involved in the life of the church, build new relationships and grown in their faith.  They become stronger disciples and learn how to make new disciples.  

Starting a new venue

Worshiping in a new place is a great way to create new disciples. It may be a restaurant, pub, community building, or coffee house. New venues welcome people who would not normally come inside a church building and also reach secular people. 

Starting a new worship service

People like choices.  Times, days of the week and styles.  Most local churches are designed to meet the needs of just one group of people.  Adding a new service with new kinds of music, tempo, prayers, and even lighting, will welcome a whole new group to your church.  

Starting a new faith community

Your church may be feeling the call to reach out to new parts of your community.  Starting a new faith community is the easiest way to create new disciples, multiplies your values in a new setting and can even help smaller struggling churches grow again. 

Discipleship Ministries present RE-Launch: A video conversation on Embracing the Ministry Possibilities of 2020. This one hour presentation will help your local church prepare for a time when pandemic restrictions are lifted and you are able to engage in-person.  Please take a moment to download the study guide before clicking on the video player at right.  

Study Guide For Re-Launch: A Conversation on Embracing the Ministry Possibilities of 2020

 

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New Faith Communities/Vibrancy

All of healthy life is about growth and reproduction.  When churches intentionally grow they become healthier.  Consider how your local church might become more vibrant by adding a new small group, a new venue, worship or even a new campus. 

Look below to learn how to get started, or for those already started, check out the Upcoming Events, Toolbox, and Reach Network at left for excellent resources and services.

Starting a new small group

The easiest and fastest way to grow is with the start of new small groups.  Small groups are entry levels for people to get involved in the life of the church, build new relationships and grown in their faith.  They become stronger disciples and learn how to make new disciples.  

Starting a new venue

Worshiping in a new place is a great way to create new disciples. It may be a restaurant, pub, community building, or coffee house. New venues welcome people who would not normally come inside a church building and also reach secular people. 

Starting a new worship service

People like choices.  Times, days of the week and styles.  Most local churches are designed to meet the needs of just one group of people.  Adding a new service with new kinds of music, tempo, prayers, and even lighting, will welcome a whole new group to your church.  

Starting a new faith community

Your church may be feeling the call to reach out to new parts of your community.  Starting a new faith community is the easiest way to create new disciples, multiplies your values in a new setting and can even help smaller struggling churches grow again. 

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